Journalism

  • COM JO 100: Introduction to Journalism
    This course introduces the field of journalism to students. It will acquaint students from COM and across the university with the journalism profession and will include instruction in writing, editing, and journalistic practices in addition to an overview of the news industry. 2 cr, Fall semester.
  • COM JO 250: Fundamentals of Journalism
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM CO 201.
    Required of journalism majors. The goal is for students to acquire fundamental newsgathering and writing skills needed to thrive as journalists working in any medium. The course is based in the classroom, but students are expected to learn and adhere to professional newsroom standards. The course focuses on essential practices and principles that apply to reporters, photographers, bloggers, producers and editors across all media formats. The class emphasizes news judgment, storytelling and reporting skills, as well as writing clearly and quickly. 4 cr, either sem.
  • COM JO 301: Editorial Design
    This is a studio course where students learn the elements of design. Students design a newsletter and sample pages for a magazine on topics of their own choosing. Students design with required Adobe Creative applications. This course covers the principles of typography, composition, and visual language and encourages creative/innovative ideas. All projects will be portfolio pieces. 4 cr, either sem.
  • COM JO 303: Visual Journalism
    Required of journalism majors. An introductory course designed to provide students with a basic working knowledge of the media required for professional journalism, including photography, sound, video, and editing for production of multimedia packages. No previous experience in visual media is required.
  • COM JO 304: Online Journalism
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM JO 303.
    Required of journalism majors. This course introduces students to reporting, writing and creating multimedia journalism for the web. Students learn how to create stories using a variety of media. They learn which elements -- text, stills, audio, video, and interactive graphics -- are best for delivering a story and engaging an online news audience. Students also learn the basics of the tools needed to create multimedia journalism packages and practice using them to report news online. 4 cr, either sem.
  • COM JO 305: Basic Photography for non-majors
    Students learn the fundamentals of digital photography, from the basics of image capture to processing finished photographs and introduction to their use in digital media. No previous experience in photography is required. 4 cr., either sem.
  • COM JO 309: Feature Writing
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM JO 310.
    Writing feature articles for newspapers. Covers markets open to free-lance writers, published articles, newspaper feature sections, and Sunday supplements.
  • COM JO 310: Beat Reporting
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM JO 250.
    Required of all Journalism majors. Students advance their reporting skills by learning to cover a city neighborhood or a community beat. Students branch out across the city and suburbs to cover courts, crime, education, local and state politics, and other essentials of community reporting. Students develop their own sources and story ideas with the goal of professional publication in the Boston University News Service or another news site. The purpose is to hone your reporting skills, develop sources, and build both competence and confidence. Students produce stories, photos, audio and video for the Web. Class is run like a newsroom, and students are encouraged to show enterprise. 4 cr, either sem.
  • COM JO 312: Photojournalism I
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM JO 303.
    An introductory course for students interested in pursuing a career in photojournalism and visual reporting. Students photograph assignments to the standards of professional news outlets and advance their skills in digital photography for use on websites and in publications. 4 cr., either sem.
  • COM JO 351: TV Reporting
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM JO 250 or COM JO 303.
    Learn how to find, write, shoot, and edit news packages, broadcast on television or the internet. Taught by veteran journalists in a newsroom complete with the latest digital technologies. 4 cr, either sem.
  • COM JO 357: History of U.S. Journalism
    Required of Journalism majors. This course surveys the evolution of the American news media, beginning with newspapers in 1704 and continuing through the telegraph, photography, radio, and television before taking up the Digital Revolution now sweeping through journalism. Students examine press freedom, censorship, changing definitions of news, and changes in the business model underlying journalism. Based on that history, we also examine the enduring values and principles of journalism in the U.S. and consider emerging business models. Recommended to be taken before JO525. 4 cr, either sem.
  • COM JO 403: Magazine Journalism
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM JO 250 and COM JO 310.
    Students learn to research and write lengthy articles of national magazine quality. Students also learn editing skills. 4 cr. Either sem.
  • COM JO 408: Magazine Workshop
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM JO 250 and COM JO 310.
    This capstone magazine writing course is designed to create a published magazine as a writing portfolio for students. This is a studio course, taught by two professors, that covers writing and design in a setting that captures the dynamics of professional practice. Working in groups, students assume professional positions and conceptualize, write, edit, design, and publish magazines. Magazines are designed and published using Adobe Creative applications. Design concepts and techniques, along with computer programs used in this course, are taught with step by step instructions. 4 cr, either sem.
  • COM JO 410: Advanced Photography for Non-majors
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM JO 305.
    Graduate Prerequisites: COM JO 305; and consent of instructor.
    Students refine shooting skills for photos and video, learn the basics of sound recording and the interview, and refine editing workflow for producing visual documentaries. Students learn concepts, principles and standards of documentary work. 4 cr.
  • COM JO 411: Professional Journalism Internship
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Rising junior status; a 3.0 GPA in COM; completion of JO250 and either JO303 or JO357
    Valuable on-the-job practice of journalism skills. Provides student with portfolio of professional work. The student works 150 hours per semester or summer at the internship. Assistance in placement; instructor must approve project. Comprehensive paper, employer evaluation, and portfolio required at end of semester.
  • COM JO 412: Professional Journalism Internship
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Junior standing; at least 3.0 in COM; completion of JO250 and either JO303 or JO357
    Graduate Prerequisites: .
    Student develops a professional portfolio while working in the field. Assistance in placement; instructor must approve project. Paper, employer evaluation, and portfolio required upon completion of internship. Hours: 120- 200 per semester or summer. Variable credits.
  • COM JO 413: Broadcast Journalism Internship
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Junior Standing; at least a 3.0 in COM; completion of JO250 and either Jo303 or JO357
    On-the-job observation and training at a news website, television, radio station or network. Employer and student evaluations required at end of semester.
  • COM JO 431: Enterprise Reporting
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM JO 351.
    Students produce in-depth video reports similar to those seen on network TV news magazine programs, news websites or, local television series. Includes a review of job trends in the field and advice on producing a resume reel or website. 4 cr., Spring semester.
  • COM JO 435: Online Radio Newsroom
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM JO 351.
    For students who like the teamwork and adrenaline of a real newsroom. Students produce a half-hour LIVE news show on the student radio station, WTBU, during each class. Students report, write, produce and engineer all the news sports and commentary on deadline. Students use social media to report stories and upload content to the Boston University News Service website. Student file stories frequently and programs from NPR, BBC, WBZ, and other radio news outlets will be critiqued. 4 cr. either sem.
  • COM JO 451: Television Newsroom
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM JO 351; and consent of instructor.
    Students produce a weekly half-hour newscast, broadcast on cable TV and the Internet, with live coverage and video reports about local, national and international news as well as sports highlights and the weather forecast. Students rotate positions weekly, using a television studio and control booth, collaborating to broadcast a fresh, informative and accurate newscast while facing the daily deadlines of a working newsroom. 4 cr, Fall sem.